Thursday, July 30, 2009

Biscuits add waivers claim, demote catcher Ashley

Catcher Jose Lobaton, claimed off waivers by the Rays from the San Diego Padres, is coming to the Biscuits, who have demoted catcher Nevin Ashley to Class A Charlotte.

Lobaton (left) had a .241 average with Triple-A Portland and played in seven games in the major leagues this month. He made his major-league debut July 5. The Padres designated him for assignment Tuesday. Lobaton, 24, is an eighth-year pro who reached Double-A for the first time last year.

To add Lobaton to their 40-man roster, the Rays are moving pitcher Troy Percival from the 15-day DL to the 60-day, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Ashley was hitting .212 in 35 games with the Biscuits.

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